Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Happy Day

Hello!  I've been busy in the studio today making cards for my sister AND this one for the PTI Make It Monday: Score Lines.  My sister loved the tulip cards I made last week so this one is VERY similar to the one I made for Create Along with Us except this time I added score lines for the challenge :)  I need to branch out and get a different layout for these gorgeous tulips.   Thanks for stopping by!  Hope your week is going well :)

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Wishing You a Blessed Birthday

Happy Easter!  I had made a few more cards based on this card I made earlier (HERE) because I just love this butterfly die and had to keep using it!  Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed Easter!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Happy Birthday ~ PTI March Blog Hop

Hello friends!  Today's card is for the March PTI Blog Hop.  We were inspired by photos of gorgeous florals, backgrounds, and embroidery like this one...

I focused in on the neutral background and colours.  I added a nod to the stitching by using a stitched tag for the sentiment panel.  Thanks for stopping by!  I'm excited to see all the interpretations this month :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Happy Birthday Tulips

Hi everyone!  I've been on a birthday card run here in the studio this week.  I make cards for my sister's wine store and all she ordered this time was birthday cards!  So I've been making two at a time.  Today's card uses the PTI Make it Monday challenge of embossing and inking a background. I embossed the retro background with white embossing powder  then inked the background with mint julep and aquamist.  Here's the second one.  Can you tell I'm loving the new Tulip Time set?  I can't put it down!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Birthday Blog Candy Winners (3.17)

Just popping in with the 2 winners of my Birthday Blog Candy.  I squealed a little when the 2 numbers came up...3 and 17, as in March 17, my birthday!  How cool is that?

First winner of a $25 Verve GC is Luanne who wrote:

Have a wonderful Happy Birthday Moe! As one that just turned 60, 50 is young. Eat lots of cake and celebrate! (Hugs to you too!)

 And the second winner of a $25 Verve GC is Lindsey who wrote:

Happiest birthday to you! And how sweet of you to do a giveaway! Hope that your 50s bring as many if not more blessings! :) 

 Luanne and Lindsey, please email me ( and I'll send you your prizes.

Thanks for everyone who left such beautiful wishes for me :)  If my birthday celebration was any indication, my fifties will be fantastic!

Spring is in the Air!

Happy first day of Spring everyone!  Oh, my favourite season is here!  I just LOVE spring.  I love the warm sun, the little green buds, tulips, more daylight, everything!  I think that's why I needed this PTI Tulip set.  It reminds me of the original two step stamping by Stampin' Up! I had their tulip set, but sold it many years ago.  So this new PTI one was needed.  I made this card for our Music teacher.  She put on an adorable Spring Concert with 200 of our primary students.  No easy feat!  This was given to her with some beautiful spring flowers to say "thank you."  Before I go, I'll leave you with some lovely Spring quotes...thanks for stopping by, now go enjoy that first day!

Spring Printable - Up to Date Interiors:

Let your joy burst forth like flowers in the spring.:
"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot an the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade." - Charles Dickens:
8 of the Best Lilly Pulitzer Quotes of All Time  -

   Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring? -Neltje Blanchan-:

 Quote from Groundhog Day movie, after Phil Connors (Bill Murray) decides to start being nice to people. Discover the facts about woodchucks, the origins of Groundhog Day, and what the holiday on February 2 truly is all about at

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day, the BIG Birthday, and a Giveaway!

Hello dear blog friends!  If you have been following my blog over the past years, you know that St. Patrick's Day is my most favourite day of the year.  I am blessed that it is also my birthday.  And as you may have guessed by my card, it's a BIG one. 

Yikes!  How did I get to be 50?!  With good luck and many blessings, that's how.  Instead of shying away from getting older, I am facing it full on with joy and laughter :)  AND how about with a fun giveaway?  To help me celebrate today, Julee from Verve has generously donated $50 in Verve Gift Certificates!  But because I feel so young, let's call it my 25 x 2 birthday and split that into two $25 GCs for more chance to win!

All you need to do is leave a comment here by 9:00 am (PST),  Sunday, March 20th.  After I announce the winners on the blog, you have 2 days to contact me with an email address so I can send you the GC.  How does that sound?

Thanks so much for helping me celebrate!  You can have some extra fun by joining me over on the Viva La Verve Blog.  I'm hosting this week with today's card sketch...

stamps: Lucky You (Verve)

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Enjoy Your (Last) Day (of your forties)

Hello friends.  Today's card is for the PTI Create Along with Us challenge.  There were so many gorgeous cards by the Design Team it was hard to choose one.  I tried to pick one that would let me use the new tulip set, I sure love it.  So easy to make quick and exquisite flowers.  I chose Melissa Phillips card on this post...


I used the same colours and sentiment and a similar layout.  This card is reminding me to enjoy today, the last day of my forties.  Yes, tomorrow I enter a new decade.  Am I upset, fearful, depressed?  Heck no, my forties were amazing, probably the best so far.  I got married to an amazing, loving man, built a beautiful house, watched my son graduate from university, got my Masters degree, became a GrandMoe, got some of my cards published, made some wonderful new friendships, and transferred to my dream school.  How will I top that!?  Thanks for stopping by...come back tomorrow for the BIG day and a fun giveaway :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A Very Happy Birthday ~ Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge

Hi everyone!  I'm back with the newest challenge over on the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge blog.  This time we’re inspired by this photo…

How yummy is this photo?  I wonder if daisies are like carnations and might turn the colour of the water if left long enough! HA!  I pulled out some distress inks to sponge the background then die cut a pink flower inspired by the vase of pink water.  Some gold foil paper around the sentiment panel and some sparkly sequins added the right amount of bling for me :)

Want to play along?  Head over to the Curtain Call blog for more inspiration and then join in the fun! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 13, 2016


Hi everyone!  I'm here in the studio waiting for the Canadian Men's Curling Finals to begin in 20 minutes!  I really wanted to play with Dawn's Make it Monday challenge this week.  I went over to her blog for some inspiration for this card.  I was itching to use my new Enclosed Butterfly and since Dawn created it, who better to inspire me?  I always like to look through my scrap pile to see what might fit on a card and lucky for me, I found that white heart.  I sponged 3 different pinks onto the wing detail stamp for an ombre look.  Thanks for stopping by!  Now off to watch that final game :)

Friday, March 11, 2016

Verve New Release Spotlight Hop ~ Day 5

It's the final day of our March Spotlight Hops!  Have you enjoyed the spotlights we've been sharing this week? Thanks so much for hopping along with us and celebrating the new release this week! Everything previewed this week is available to order in the Verve online store. So come let's hop along one more time for a closer look at Rise Above, New Beginnings and the Partly Cloudy and Springtime Stitches die sets.

There's something about a stitched circle!  It adds the most subtle texture while perfectly framing a sentiment!  I didn't want to hide any of it under my doily so I placed all of it on top even though only half the sun die cut shows.  Add some sweet puffy clouds and you've got one full on Springtime card!
Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win today's featured products! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for the full hop list, a little more about our new products and all the prize info and deadlines!

Rise AboveNew Beginnings
Partly Cloudy Die SetSpringtime Stitches Die Set

Day 4 Hop List
1. Julee8. Mackie
2. Amber9. Marisa
3. Betty10. Maureen
4. Charmaine11. Stacey
5. Christyne12. Teresa
6. Laurie13. Vicki
7. Lee-Anne 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Verve Diva Inspirations Challenge and March Blog Hop

It's time for the Verve Divas to bring you our monthly Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop! There are two ways to win Verve prizes: comment on the design team's blog hop posts (linked below) to see their take on the inspiration, then go get inky and link up your take on the challenge to be eligible in our prize drawings! You have until April 5 to link up, so feel free to play as often as you like.

After a few month of winter, nothing soothes the soul like a burst of vibrant color. This boho kids bedroom does that and more! Feel free to take your inspiration from the photo or the color combo, whatever suits your fancy! We can't wait to see what you create.
Click here to link up your challenge entries
Challenge deadline: Tuesday, April 5.
Prize: $30 gift voucher to the Verve online store!

Nothing soothes the soul like SPRING! AGREED!!  I am a spring girl through and through and with the new Verve set New Beginnings  I created a delightful Spring card with some of my favourite colours and embellishments (doily? of course!).  I used softer tones of the colours in the photo along with the "Thanks so Much" sentiment from Simply Amazing.  Then I added the On Occasion frame and some Bloom & Grow leaves to support those sweet flowers from New Beginnings.

Need a little inspiration? Check out the blogs linked below to see what the other Divas did with the challenge! It's sure to be a treat, and speaking of treats, we're giving away a $30 gift voucher to Verve to one random commenter along the hop! 
1. Julee7. Laurie
2. Amber8. Marisa
3. Amy9. Maureen
4. Betty10. Sankari
5. Charmaine11. Stacey
6. Christyne12. Teresa

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Verve New Release Spotlight Hop ~ Day 4

Welcome back to Day 4 of Verve's March Spotlight Hops!  The Verve Divas and special guests are back for another day of spotlighting our new release! Everything previewed this week is available to order in the Verve online store. So come hop along and take a closer look at Simply Amazing, and the Simply Daisies and Amazing Adjectives die sets.

I had made a few watercolour backgrounds on the weekend and picked this Verve Blue and grey one for today's card.  I love the Simply Amazing set with all it's fun words and sentiments.  Really, I could spend a whole day playing around with all the possibilities!   After deciding on a sentiment, I embossed the words in white on black cardstock, then cut them out and arranged them around a gold "amazing" die cut. I love the way the words don't cover up too much of the lovely background.

Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win today's featured products! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for the full hop list, a little more about our new products and all the prize info and deadlines!

Simply AmazingSimply Daisies Die Set
Amazing Adjectives Word Die Set 

Day 4 Hop List
1. Julee8. Mackie
2. Amber9. Marisa
3. Betty10. Maureen
4. Charmaine11. Stacey
5. Christyne12. Teresa
6. Laurie13. Vicki
7. Lee-Anne
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