Monday, July 30, 2012

Lawn Fawn + Smash Book + Spectrum Noir = Bee Happy

Hi Everyone! 

Carisa here today to share a smash book page I recently made. Smash books to me are a combination of journaling/scrapbooking so I don't always use a photo & I love having that flexibility. Plus, I can always add a colored image to a page if I want to make something to keep just for myself....which I don't do nearly enough of! 

Black Smash Book by K& Co

This is a 2 page spread from the Black Smash book which is pretty much a mixture of things...none of my books are themed and while I have 2 others, this is the only one I'm working out of for the moment. I just realized I didn't put the date stamp on this one so I'm going to add that so I can remember when I made this page since this is a snapshot of how I was feeling that particular day.

Playing around with Spectrum Noir with Copic markers and creating a scene using two different Lawn Fawn sets is always fun. This also fits our current Winged Things challenge which you still have about a day left to enter before we select our first ever Guest Designer and winners! 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturated Canary available for preorder today!!!

B&WThe moment you've been waiting for has arrived! Saturated Canary is available for preorder!!! Stamps are expected to ship to me in mid-August.

Many of you have been fans of Saturated Canary and it's awesome to have them finally available in rubber! All Saturated Canary stamps are unmounted deeply etched rubber.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Some Odd Girl & Spectrum Noir with Carisa

Hi Everyone! Today I'm sharing this card I made using Some Odd Girl stamps that we just started carrying in the store! I adore these stamps and just have a blast coloring them. I also got to try out Spectrum Noir markers on this image as well. It was the first time I'd colored with Spectrum Noir and I have to say, they work great! You can get the blending you have come to expect with alcohol based markers at a fraction of the cost so if you have always wanted to try alcohol based markers I'd say, these would be a great introduction for you! 

Here is a close up of the coloring I did on this mermaid. I adore her hair and kept her pretty much monotone except for her bright top which I was bummed that I got a bit of random ink on there as I was  putting together the card! 

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Classic Sympathy card using Spellbinders by Julie

Hi everyone! Today we're sharing this breathtaking sympathy card using Spellbinders dies by designer Julie. I love the subtle pink behind the stark black card stock that is layered in a beautiful lacey center. This is a beautiful & simple classic design which is fitting for the occasion. I think sympathy cards are the hardest for me to make because of the intended purpose but with a classic design like this you can't go wrong.


Friday, July 27, 2012

CC Designs & Copic Markers with Kim

Hi everyone! Today we're back with this super cute card by Kim. She colors this sweet CC Designs stamp with Copic Markers and I just love how the Spellbinders Lacey Oval die matches her layout perfectly.

Spellbinder Lacy Oval
Nestabilites Ovals
Swiss Miss Pixies with Rose

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Newsletter 7-26-2012

stampendous I have added so many new products to the store...and I am not even done. Today I added the following new products:

B&W Most of you already know the bad news: Belles & Whistles is going out of business. They allowed retailers to do one final order of stamps which many of you were able to get in on. All those orders have been shipped and I hope everyone will treasure those images! Don't lose them!!! :)

So, I am now clearancing out the remaining images in stock from my final order. The discount starts and 15% and will increase until everything is gone. If you have been wanting any of these stamps, get them now!!!

Code: BW15 
Good on all Belles & Whistles stamps 
Good through 8/02/2012

Kraftin Kimmie & Copic card by Marlena

Hi Everyone! Today we're featuring this amazing card by Marlena. Her stunning Copic coloring of this fun Kraftin Kimmie stamp is just picture perfect with the fall books as embellishments all their own. She used Cryogen paper to stamp and color on which is just a fun alternative to coloring as it has a bit of a shimmer on it. If you have never tried it, I would highly recommend it! It works great with all your alcohol based markers.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Newsletter 7-25-12

stampendous 7 KIDS is adding the Stampendous line of stamps back to the store! 7 KIDS DT member Rhea Weigand was recently selected as a member of the Stampendous DT and has done some really amazing cards with their products. I just added most of the new catalog to the store, which includes so many awesome holiday stamps, particularly ones the go with the FranTage embossing products. And, of course, there are tons of new colors of embossing tinsels, color fragments and more! You can see it all HERE!!!

To welcome Stampendous back to the store, I am offering an additional 10% off ALL Stampendous, including PREORDER product! Preorders are rarely discounted, so don't miss this opportunity to save on newly released Stampendous product. This discount is only good through July 31! Order now! Preorders are expected to ship mid August.

At this time, I have only added the new product released at Summer CHA, but look for me to add stamps and products from the current Stampendous line in the near future. If you don't see a stamp you want and would like to order it, just let me know!!!

Code: STAMPPRE10  

Good on all Stampendous, including PREORDERS!  

Good through July 31  

prima To make room for the latest Prima releases, I am clearancing out ALL PRIMA currently in stock!!! Discounts will continue to increase, but shop now for best selection. This includes all paper, stamps (clear and cling), art tiles, embellishments, EVERYTHING Prima!!!

Code: PRIMA40CL 

Good on all Prima 

Good thorough July 31  


SATURATED CANARY will be in the store for preorder July 30! 
I just received all available BO BUNNY 6X6 pads. Look for those in the store soon. 
 I also have HOT FIX GEMS and tool on hand. Look for those soon.
 New TIM HOLTZ and SIZZIX products will be in the store for preorder this week, as well.

Mid Week Challenge Reminder

Hi everyone! Just stopping by at the halfway point of our current "Winged Things" challenge! We love all of you who have already stopped by to play and would love to have even more join us!  I also want to remind you we are looking for GUEST DESIGNERS. If you want to be considered, please place GDT after your name in the link tool AND participate in BOTH challenges for the month. Our challenges run two weeks so we have 2 challenges each month. We will announce the Guest Designer in the first challenge of the next month from those that participated in the previous month.
So, what does being a guest designer mean? Well, you will receive a $25 gift certificate to use in the 7 Kids College Fund store & create samples for 1 month of challenges!!! How cool is that?!

All of our current rules for challenges still apply so please make sure you are using a stamp that 7 Kids College Fund currently carries in order to be considered for the GDT spot! We will choose one new guest designer each month so continue to play along with us to be considered. So, spread the news and get crafty! We LOVE to see what YOU create for our challenges!!!
And now for some sure to stop by our challenge blog to see the entire team's creations for this week's challenge!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

La La Land Crafts tag by Rhea

Hi everyone! Today we're sharing this stunning tag by Rhea. She uses the intricate die cut Eiffel Tower by La La Land Crafts. I love how she uses the floral branch punch to accent around the Eifel Tower die cut to create movement in her layers.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Magnolia & Copic card by Sheri

Hi everyone! Today we're featuring this pretty in pink card that Sheri created using an adorable Magnolia stamp colored with Copics. I love this paper by My Mind's Eye and how sweet and vintage her whole card looks.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Newsletter 7-17-2012

spellbinders The rest of the Spellbinders die images have been released! There is another Majestic Elements, some really awesome Decorative Elements and some large format Embossing folders. This stuff is great!!! THIS GROUP and the group in THIS CATEGORY is currently expected to ship in late August.

la la land This is an awesome release from La-La Land. It includes TONS of stamps, including this little nakey Marci in the tub with her rubber ducky, and some really beautiful new dies.

The items in the release are expect to ship in mid August. As always with preorders, check the AVAILABILITY in the preorder listing for the most up-to-date estimate of shipping.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Nellie Snellen, our current challenge & looking for Guest Designers!

Hi everyone!

There are 3 days left of our Stars & Stripes challenge so be sure to hop over and play along this weekend! Another exciting reason to play along is we are looking for Guest Designers to join us from challenge participants for upcoming months! Check check out THIS BLOG POST for more information on what you need to do to be considered for an awesome Guest Designer spot at the 7 Kids College Fund Challenge.


I  have recently fallen in love with the Tim Holtz Distress Markers and soon my collection will be complete! Took FAR less time to acquire all 37 distress markers than my Copic collection for sure. *giggle* Here is a close up of this adorable stamp colored with these fabulous markers. I love how perfectly imperfect my coloring is with water colors. It's definitely a fun medium to use and I hope you will try some of them out! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Spellbinders Majestic Dies


majestic dies Ugh! I was just doing an order for Spellbinders and noticed that the new MAJESTIC dies from Spellbinders did not get "unhidden" on my site with the other spellbinders products being released in August.

I am going to move them into the category of images being released at CHA on the 17th. However, if you do not think you will be placing on order for the dies whose images are being released at this time, have already placed your preorder and want to have these added, please contact me!

If you do plan to preorder more dies, just hold on until the last of the dies go into the store at the beginning of CHA and then order these awesome dies! 

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Faber-Castell Gelato's with Carisa

Hi Everyone! 

Have you heard the FABULOUS news?! We are now carrying Faber-Castell products including GELATOS which I just LOVE using in my art journals to create beautiful colored backgrounds. I had some fun this past week with them and want to share how awesome they are.

This is a completed journal page I made using Faber-Castel Gelatos and Big Pitt Artist pens. You can see step by step tutorial on how I used the gelato's by visiting Helmar's Blog.

I have to say these are a really fun medium to work with and can be used in many ways for cards, layouts and mixed media projects! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Some Odd Girl in the store now for preorder!!!

some odd girl In collaboration with Designed to Color Magazine, 7 KIDS is adding SOME ODD GIRL stamps to the store! Some Odd Girl is the featured company in the upcoming edition of DTC, which will be available to purchase from 7 KIDS in August.

For those who are interested, the deadline for submissions featuring Some Odd Girl is Aug. 1. Please contact Carisa if you need more information on the submission guidelines.

It's exciting to see these three women-owned businesses (7 KIDS, DTC and SOME ODD GIRL) come together to offer you some great products and ideas!

If you are interested in these stamps,

I expect to have them in stock late July.

All SOME ODD GIRL stamps are clear photopolymer for convenient storage and perfect stamping placement!

In conjunction with adding Some Odd Girl, I would like to point you toward a youtube channel by Elaine Hughes where she colors Some Odd Girl images with ShinHan markers. CLICK HERE to see these videos. I am also offering 10% off ShinHan markers as part of this launch. Please remember, if you purchase in-stock and preorder items together, the order will ship when the preorder product(s) on your order arrive in stock. CLICK HERE for information on the preorder policy.

Code: SHINHAN10 
Good for 10% off all ShinHan Markers 
Good through 7/19

Kraftin Kimmie Copic Card by Sheri

Hi everyone! Today we're featuring this colorful card by designer Sheri! I love how she creates a mat for each layer of her card and how the balloon is popping right out of the oval!

Have you thought about being a guest designer? Please be sure to check out THIS POST to see how YOU can be featured RIGHT HERE as we begin an ongoing guest designer position with a new opportunity each month!  
(My Favorite Paper Trimmer) Making Memories 12 x 12 Paper Trimmer

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Mo Manning preorder

I can BARELY STAND the cuteness of the new Stamping Bella Mo Manning stamps. Of course, Cupcake Thief (pictured) is my favorite followed by Talk to the Bear. These stamps are simply awesome.

This is a quick preorder. These stamps will be out soon and I should be shipping within the next two weeks. PREORDER NOW to make sure you are the first to get these awesome stamps!!! 

Magnolia Copic card by Kim

Hi everyone! Today we are featuring this fantastically awesome masculine card by designer Kim.I love how she incorporated so much texture for the beach theme and her coloring with Copic markers.
Have you thought about being a guest designer? Please be sure to check out THIS POST to see how YOU can be featured RIGHT HERE as we begin an ongoing guest designer position with a new one each month!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Kraftin Kimmie Copic card by Marlena

Hi everyone! Today we're sharing this amazing card by our designer Marlena. She uses a sultry Kraftin Kimmie stamp and carried the theme of the stamp named rose into the entire rest of her card. I love how elegant an all red card looks with the pop of white!
Please be sure to check out THIS POST to see how YOU can be featured RIGHT HERE as a guest designer!

newsletter 7-10-12


MAGNOLIA The new Autumn TURNING LEAVES Collection is in the store now for preorder. I expect to be shipping this out late July/early August.

There are some really great fall-themed Tildas. I personally am loving SCOOTER TILDA! So cute!!! 


ribbon carousel Have you been looking for the perfect way to store your ribbon and twine? Look no further!!! The Ribbon Carousel and Spools are the perfect way to organize and easily access your ribbon!

I am adding this product to the store and to celebrate, I am offering an incredible introductory price for customers who preorder this week! This price won't last long, so preorder now! I will be shipping these in late July.

I am adding tons of new products to the store over the next weeks, particularly since Summer CHA is just a week away. Also going in the store in the next few weeks is a crystal hot-fix tool and crystals (including Swarovski). I LOVE hot fix! It is so cool! 


faber castellI used the Stamper's Big Brush Markers and Gelatos at Winter CHA and they were awesome! I have been meaning to add them to the store since then, but had to be reminded of their greatness by a customer! I have added the Stamper's Big Brush Markers 3-marker sets and all individual markers, as well as all available Gelato sets. These products are give them a try!

Code: FC10
Good on all Faber Castell products
Good through 7/17/12

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Newsletter 7-5-12


faber castellI used the Stamper's Big Brush Markers and Gelatos at Winter CHA and they were awesome! I have been meaning to add them to the store since then, but had to be reminded of their greatness by a customer! I have added the Stamper's Big Brush Markers 3-marker sets and all individual markers, as well as all available Gelato sets. These products are give them a try!


scor-pal All Sookwang and Glitter Ritz is on sale through July 12. Save an additional 10%. Don't miss this opportunity to stock up and save on these basic, but awesome, products!

Good on all Sookwang adhesive and Glitter Ritz 
Good through 7/12/2012



belles & whistles I got an e-mail from Summer at B&W and she indicated that there was about a 1 1/2 week delay on her getting the stamps in. She is expecting them next week, at which time she will be shipping out my order.

For those who got in on the FINAL ORDER, your stamps will be shipping to you soon. Also, any stamps I ordered above and beyond the number requested by customers will be available in the store when I receive my shipment. So, if you didn't get in on the final order, this will be your last opportunity to get these stamps from 7 KIDS. (If you are a new customer or did not see the May 28 newsletter, B&W is going out of business. So, if you are interested in any of these stamps, this may be your last opportunity to have these Elisabeth Bell images as stamps.)

I appreciate everyone's patience. The wait is almost over!