Friday, June 29, 2012

I Wait for the Lord


GOOD MORNING!!!!!!!  YAHOOOOOOO!!!! Lots to celebrate today!  It’s a quiet, lazy day at work as I clear off my desk and organize my piles upon piles of papers, books and good ideas, laid to rest for the summer :)   It’s also a new month of Viva La Verve sketches over in the Verve Forum!!  Come join us each week and you could win $100 in Verve Bucks to spend however your little heart desires :)  For some reason I was drawn to this sentiments as I flipped through my Verve stamps a couple of days ago.  Then I saw some canvas and thought it’d be fun to die cut it and stamp :)  Haven’t used canvas for awhile and love it so much :)  Hey, have you been shopping over at the Verve Store this month?  Whatcha buy?  If you haven’t heard, there are still a few days left in this month’s sale.  Click HERE for all the details :)  Have a glorious day!!  Cheers!




what’s in it?

stamps: New Mercies, Chicks Rule (Verve)

paper: rustic cream (PTI), espresso (SU), Gabrielle Collection (Bo Bunny)

ink: onyx (Versafine), tea dye (PTI)

accessories: Flutterby die (A Cut Above by Verve), oval and scalloped oval dies (Spellbinders), ribbon, buttons, twine (PTI), gems (Kaisercraft), canvas (craft supply), staples, stitching

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Congrats, Thanks, Good Luck and Missing You


Good morning!  Well, it’s the last day with the kids at work and no doubt I will get teary eyed handing out report cards at 12:00 today.  We have a lot of staff changes coming up next year so I had several cards to hand out personally to so many wonderful colleagues.  Most of these have been on the blog, but the first one is new.  We have a very funny, classy and genuinely sweet lady retiring after teaching for 36 years.  I think she’ll appreciate the “school” paper on her card.  Inside I stamped “Enjoy Life,” then added “without bells!”  Our lives as teachers are definitely run on bells, kind of like firemen!  LOL  Next up is that card I made for an inspiring colleague…she really is making me want to start my Masters soon.

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Next up is for our principal…I added “already” inside.  She is a true educator, not just the administrator.  She’s taken a new position at an inner city school so she can challenge herself before she retires.  How can you not admire that?  Love her and will miss her support and humour :)


Next card is for our librarian…she was also our district’s half time technology coordinator.  Her district position is now full time so I think she’ll enjoy the techie ms a la mode girl :)


This next card was waiting on our secretary’s desk with a little box of Purdy’s chocolates. 


Next up is the card for our Music teacher.  She’s challenging herself by going into a 1/2 classroom so she can gain experience at the Primary level before going into administration!  What an inspiration!


This next card went straight to our Learning Assistance teacher.  She is nothing but fabulous and amazing and works so hard for the kids.  She’s the REAL DEAL.  She just got a district reading resource position working with inner city kids to improve their literacy results.  She asked me last week if I would be a reference for her.  It was so easy to list all her wonderful qualities when I was phoned about her.  She has some very big shoes to fill.


And last, but definitely not least is the card for my Grade 2 teaching buddy.  Without her humour, insight and resources, it would have been a very long year.  She is so sweet and so giving :) And she promised me she’s staying for awhile!  I made her double dog dare promise ;)


So that’s the line up!  I really do love making teacher cards.  October Afternoon paper and the My Favourite Things a la modes make it easy and fun!  Thanks for visiting and have a lovely day!  I’m not listing supplies as I did in the original posts so if you have any questions, shoot me an email :)  Cheers!


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

You’re Old School and Cool ~ CASE Study #97


Hello!  I’m back again with this week’s CASE Study challenge.  Sadly, it’s our last week with the super talented Joy Taylor, our June Muse, but she’s going out with a BANG!  I love so many elements on her card this week…

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I broke out my washi tape, a newsprint stamp and my super cool Hero Arts typewriter.  I follow the lines of Joy’s card for my layout and then just had some fun with seam binding ribbon, typed sentiment and distressed edges.  How about joining us this week?!  Stop by the CASE Study challenge blog for all the details and some more amazing inspiration from the Design Team, then create!  It’s so much fun!  Have a lovely evening and we’ll see you tomorrow for a special school year end post (remember, July 1st is my New Years! LOL). signature

what’s in it?

stamps: hero arts My Type, Newsprint Eiffel Tower

ink: versafine onyx, su going gray

paper: pti soft stone, white,

accessories: washi tape, seam binding ribbon, button, twine,

Precious Little One


Good morning!  It’s almost the end of June and I needed to make my Jen’s Sketch for You to Try card!  I took the sketch quite literally and kept the stars to make a baby card.  Had some fun with Papertrey Ink’s Star Prints and Fancy Flourishes and October Afternoon paper.  The week’s humming along!  Woohoo!  Have a great one and thanks so much for stopping by :) See you tonight for the new CASE Study challenge!



what’s in it?

stamps: verve to the moon, pti star prints, fancy flourishes

ink: versafine onyx, su more mustard, pti aqua mist, spring moss

paper: pti rustic cream, cream, soft stone, autumn rose, bitty dot basics, october afternoon sidewalks

accessories: pti flourish, banner dies, spellbinders circle and scalloped circle dies, pti buttons, bakers twine, gems, stitching, su star punch

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

It’s Your Big Day!

celebrate Good morning!  I had to rearrange a few posts this week to fit this challenge in before midnight tonight!  I’m using the colour inspiration from The Play Date Cafe challenge …black, white and a splash of blue.  This lovely Ocean Princess seam binding ribbon is from Memrie Mare over at Etsy.  I love her ribbon, how she packages each bundle AND the sweet little candy or chocolate she adds to each order :)  The ribbon comes scrunched, but sometimes I like it flat.  The only problem?  Our laundry room is on the top floor of the new house (by the bedrooms) and my studio is in the basement.  AND I only need a few minutes of heat. So meet my new ribbon iron!  flatiron

I can’t remember where I saw this, may have been on Kristina Werner’s blog, but this week I looked for a mini flat iron.  Found a Conair one at the grocery store for $20.00 and grabbed it.  Plus it’s red (flashy) and comes with a little heat resistant travel bag.  It worked like a charm ironing this ribbon.  Now, I know I have to be careful so nothing burns, but all I did was slide it through very quickly.  So fun and practical :)  Hope your week is going well.  Only 3.5 more days!  EEK!



what’s in it?

stamps: pti big favourites, wms say it loud

ink: versafine onyx

paper: pti white, su going grey, echo park Happy Days dp

accessories: pti edgers die, seam binding ribbon, jolee’s button, floss, stitching

Monday, June 25, 2012

Birthday Wishes to Dawn! ~ PTI Blog Hop


Good morning! It’s June 25th!  That means that it’s the last week of work (woohoo!), the PTI Blog Hop, my sister’s birthday AND the lovely Miss Dawn’s birthday!!  I remember making her birthday card for the last June blog hop AND getting to deliver it in person at Stamp-a-faire in July :)  It’s hard to believe it’s been a year!  The colours and embellishments were inspired by the blog hop photo…


I tried my hand at paper pleating on the green damask panel.  I’m not a technique girl so this was a stretch for me.  I zigzagged the pleats down with yellow thread.  I’ve been on a dress form kick this month!  For some reason I felt it should be on this card too…and appropriate for the occasion of Dawn’s birthday as it’s her stamp and die!  And because she is such an inspiration to me, I had to add the sentiment on the banner :)  Happy birthday, Dawn!  Thanks for visiting, everyone, and enjoy the rest of the hop…I know I will, I always do :) 



what’s in it?

stamps: pti dress form, simply you, 2012 Birthday Tags

ink: versafine onyx, su more mustard

paper: pti white, soft stone, echo park dp

accessories: pti banner, dress form and journal tabs dies, kraft doily, button, bakers twine, seam binding ribbon, staples, stitching, tim holtz embossing folder

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Desires of Your Heart


Good morning!  I had the most lovely time in the studio yesterday morning!  You know, those mornings where the errands can wait, the coffee is delicious, and your jammies are oh so comfy :)  I saw  this week’s Runway Inspired Challenge a few days ago and immediately thought of this fun patterned paper in my Lilybee Victoria Park pack.  I didn’t think I’d ever use this very busy pattern on a card, but I think it’s perfect peeking out of a negative die cut!  ACK!  One of my first negative die cuts!  I have seen them forever and admire them so much, so here it is, my maiden cut!  I’ve also used the linen impression plate on this, but my sweet little camera can’t pick up fine details like that.  Either way, I think I’ve captured the spirit of a CAS card :)  Have a fabulous Sunday!


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what’s in it? 

stamps: pti dress form

ink: versafine onyx

paper: pti white

accessories: pti dress form die, linen impression plate, button, twine, gem

Saturday, June 23, 2012

One of My Nicest Thoughts

Good morning!  Ah, Saturday morning, almost as sweet as Friday afternoon.  However, starting next Saturday, I’ll be enjoying the week days  more instead of the weekend.  My favourite days reverse in the summer!  I think it’s because I enjoy the pleasure of being home during the work week…daytime talk shows, checking the mail, going for lunch.  Today’s card colours come from this week’s colourQ palette.  An unusual combination but I tried to make it work with some fun patterned paper and a sweet bow.  That wee sentiment is from Verve’s Small Phrases which is on sale right now over in the Verve Store!!  I’ll have a bit more play time this weekend!  My once cold studio in the winter has turned into the nicest cool place for summer stamping!  Have a fabulous weekend!  See you soon!

what’s in it?

stamps: small phrases (Verve)

paper: rustic cream (PTI), soft sky (SU), Sidewalks (October Afternoon), Bundle (Authentique)

ink: onyx (Versafine)

accessories: ribbon (PTI), gems (Kaisercraft)

Friday, June 22, 2012

It’s Just Not the Same


Good morning!!  The official countdown to the summer begins today!  5 more work days, 3.5 with students, 0 report cards, 0 more field trips…ahh, it’s just around the corner!  Today’s card was inspired by a special event this week.  Bryan Adams, the CANADIAN born/BC raised talent, was in town Sunday night and it was AMAZING!!  I haven’t seen him since Gr. 11!  We’ve both aged, but still love to rock! LOL  Anyways, it was a rainy night and as we walked to the concert, we ran into a dear, old friend that I haven’t seen in over 2 years.  We spend about 5 minutes in a tight embrace, in the rain :)  It felt good and few words were needed to tell each other how much we’d missed each other.  It was perfect.  This sentiment explains how I felt for these years without her.  I’m using this week’s Viva La Verve sketch designed by Dive Teresa.  I had the sentiment and a few papers in mind and the rest fell into place.  Head over to the Verve Forum for all the details about how YOU could win $100 in Verve Bucks!  AND the sale over in the Verve Store would be a great place to shop!  All dies and matching stamps are on sale now!  Check it out!  Happy Friday!!  I hope yours has started out as wonderful as mine!



what’s in it?

stamps: Always on My Mind, Love Notes (Verve)

paper: cream, rustic cream (PTI), Take Note (Studio Calico)

ink: onyx (Versafine), going gray (SU)

accessories: Classic Label Die, Loopy Blooms Die (A Cut Above by Verve), ribbon, button, felt (PTI), journaling card (October Afternoon), gems (Kaisercraft), bakers twine (Twinery), stitching

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Celebrate, Duchess! ~ CASE Study #96


Good evening!  I know it’s still only June 20th year in BC, but tonight’s post is all about wishing my over the top fabulous and uber talented friend, Aimes (or Duchess, my nickname for her after being crowned Stamping Royalty last year!) a most happy and joyful 30th birthday for tomorrow, June 21st!!  Woohoo!  The Duchess and I are on the CASE Study design team together, so it seemed like the perfect time to send her the biggest of birthday wishes on my CASE Study post this week.  We continue to be inspired by the fabulous, Joy Taylor, and this fun little number (pun intended!)…

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I picked out the fun colours and birthday theme of the card to create my own celebration card.  I’m really loving the Papertrey Ink Big Favourites.  There’s no missing this sentiment!! I’m sure the Duchess can hear me all the way across the pond!!  Have the happiest of birthdays, Duchess!! We all love you!!  30 is fabulous, just like you!  Hugs!!

Okay, now that all the birthday wishing is done, head over to the CASE Study Blog to see how the other Design Team members are celebrating…then join in the fun!


what’s in it?

stamps: pti big favourites

ink: versafine onyx

paper: pti, my mind’s eye, october afternoon

accessories: pti butterfly and edgers dies, buttons, bakers twine

Bon Anniversaire


Good morning!  Today’s card is based on this week’s Waltzingmouse sketch.  I have a sweet little pile of WMS sets on my desk and am loving them!  Today I’m using the Chicken Wire background and a sentiment from French Country.  I’m loving the grey and pink and white!  Thanks for popping by!  Once things slow down next week, I’ll be able to visit with you more :) 



what’s in it?

stamps: wms french country and chicken wire

ink: versafine onyx, su going gray

paper: pti white, soft stone, echo park victorian garden

accessories: pti doily and banner dies, mme button, bakers twine, seam binding ribbon, stitching

Tuesday, June 19, 2012



Good morning!  I had to laugh at today’s blog post.  It looks like I’m sending someone a text and I’m one of the last people on earth who does not text!  I know!  I just have no time.  I can’t text at work and if I’m home, call me!  If I’m out, email me!  Truth be told, my cell is usually dead in my purse.  That’s just the way I roll :)  I’m old school and love it :)  Now having said that, I LOVE these sweet text-like sentiments from My Favorites Things.  I’m using their sketch from last week to create a fun card that would suit any dear friend.  Now onto some fun finds I want to share with you.  Fellow Verve Diva Teresa has been enabling me lately with her fabulous lace trim.  I couldn’t resist one late night (up with my cough a few weeks ago) so ordered a whole bunch from The Funkie Junkie site!  Here’s the stash that came yesterday along with some white burlap and corrugated cardboard (I can’t believe I bought cardboard!! LOL But I did!).


Also, about a month ago, I found this fabulous little caddy at Winners/HomeSense.  It’s a discount store in Canada that’s similar to TJ Max in the States.  Right now I’m using it for a card display, but it’s so versatile that it might be used another way at some point.



Thanks so much for stopping by.  Reports are done, but there are still a ton of things to do before the school year is officially over.  But I can see that sweet summer just around the corner!



what’s in it?

stamps: my favorite things say what and just my type

ink: versafine onyx, su basic grey

paper: pti rustic cream, soft stone, echo park take note

accessories: mft just my type die, pti banner die, studio calico badge, stitching

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Oodles of Love and Hugs! WMS Blog Party


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Good morning!  We are off to have breakfast with dad so I’m popping in early  with a fun card for today’s Waltzingmouse Blog Party.  I’ve been having so much fun as I get inky with more of my new WMS stamps.  I love the compact sentiments as I usually leave the inside of my cards blank (for writing), so the sentiments on the front do most of the work :)  This month we were asked to create a card inspired by this photo…

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Thanks for visiting and for all your sweet comments.  The ones about my dad’s Father’s Day card last week, really touched my heart :)  Have a great Sunday!!  Oh, and my reports are almost done!! Woohoo!!



what’s in it?

stamps: Waltzingmouse Compact Sentiments, French Country

ink: versafine onyx, SU basic grey

paper: pti cream, rustic cream, SU basic grey, Authentique and Heidi Swapp dps

accessories: pti button, ribbon, circle die, spellbinders labels 25 die, resin flower, stitching

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