Sunday, September 25, 2016



Hello everyone!  Here's my take on the PTI Blog Hop inspiration photo.  I was inspired by the colours, twine, and our new's officially Fall Y'all!  I had a happy accident making this card.  I was cutting out the "Grateful" from some vintage white cardstock because I wanted the word in white.  I only laid part of the card stock onto the die so only part of the outline was cut.  It looked kind of cool so before I trimmed the edges off, I put it down on top of the green maple leaf and liked what I saw!  I may have discovered something new here!?  Enjoy the rest of the hop! Thanks for visiting!


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Thanks ~ PTI Make it Monday

Hi friends!  I'm up early on a Saturday morning now that my body is used to waking up at 6:30 :)  I had started this card last night, laying out the stamps onto the paper and die cutting the shapes but finished it this morning.  It's for this week's PTI Make it Monday challenge.  Betsy is asking us to make a masculine card using florals.  It was fun digging through my stamps and finding leaves from Leave it Be and florals from Friendly Flower.  Hope your weekend has started out well...thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Happy Birthday ~ The Card Concept Challenge

Today starts a new challenge over at The Card Concept challenge blog based on the picture below.

I took my inspiration from the delicious citron colours.  I hope you'll head over to The Card Concept blog and see all the different styles the Design Team has come up with and then join in the fun!  Have a great day!

Friday, September 16, 2016

2 Teach is 2 Love ~ Viva La Verve

Happy Friday!  Ah, I'm back to days having a certain feel again now that I am back at work.  Friday steps up again and becomes my favourite day after a full work week :)  I am the hostess over on the Viva La Verve blog so head over there to read all the details on how you could win some great new Verve!  I must say this might be one of my favourite cards I've made in awhile...apples, school print paper, and a lovely teacher quote. It just makes my teacher heart smile :)  Have a great weekend!

what's in it?
stamps: Teachers Count (Verve)
paper: vintage white (PTI), Harvest (Pebbles), Back to School (Bella Blvd)
ink: onyx (versafine), pure poppy, spring moss (PTI), going gray (SU)
accessories: Holiday Sequin Mix, Apples Die Set (Verve), nested apple die (Spellbinders), stitched circle die (MFT), stitched rectangle die (Lil Inkers), bakers twine (PTI)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Glory to God

 Hello!  It may look like I've totally skipped over Fall and am heading into winter with the Christmas card, but I promise you I have! LOL  I'm playing along with this month's PTI Create Along with Us challenge.  I picked Melissa's beautiful card to be inspired by...


 I'm using some Echo Park plaid paper so I chose blues instead of pinks.  Then I just tried to mimic all of the lovely details Melissa added to her masterpiece.  Thanks for stopping by!  Hope your week is going well :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

What is Done in Love ~ Curtain Call Inspiration

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

I'm getting my Fall on by embossing this gorgeous sentiment in white and doing a smoosh water colour technique using rich autumn colours.   Want to play along?  Head over to the Curtain Call blog for more inspiration and then join in the fun! Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Verve Diva Inspiration Hop

It's time for the Verve Divas to bring you our monthly Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop!

There are TWO $30 gift vouchers to the Verve store up for grabs this month and two ways to win! First, comment on the design team's blog hop posts (linked below) for an entry in the first giveaway. Then to be entered into our challenge prize drawing, go get inky and link up your take on the challenge. You have until October 5 to link up. Feel free to play along with the challenge as many times as you like. Verve stamps aren't required to play, but we do smile a little brighter when we see them!

The changing colours of autumn is always such a treat. Like a paintbrush came and coloured the world. One of my favorite trees around the neighbourhood turns a brilliant purple in the fall, and is so beautiful against the blue sky. So while some may find this a wintry inspiration, to me a bit of regal purple and a touch of sky and earth will always be fall. Follow the colour pattern, or take your inspiration from the graphic, either way it's sure to be lovely! We can't wait to see what you create!

I went with a water coloured version of the inspiration colours with a touch of gold on my embossed flowers.  I just love this quote from the new Kindness Matters set, "Be Kind and Brave, that's all you ever need to be."  isn't that the truth!

Click here to link up your challenge entries
Challenge deadline: Wednesday, October 5.
Prize: $30 gift voucher to the Verve online store!

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.  Just leave a little love as you hop about for a chance to win!
1. Julee7. Marisa
2. Betty8. Maureen
3. Charmaine9. Stacey
4. Christyne10. Susan
5. Laurie11. Teresa
6. Lesley 

what's in it?
stamps: Kindness Matters (Verve)
paper: vintage white (PTI), Coco Style (Penny Black), Rise and Shine (Amy Tangerine)
ink: onyx (Versafine), Zig watercolour pens
accessories: Great Kindness Die Set, Holiday Sequin Mix (Verve), stitched rectangles (Lil Inkers), gold embossing powder, bakers twine, stitching

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

How Beautiful a Day Can Be ~ The Card Concept Challenge

Hello friends!  I've got a fun announcement today!  I've been invited to be a Shabby Chic designer over on The Card Concept challenge blog!  Today starts a new challenge over at The Card Concept based on the picture below.  Aren't those rainbow pots delightful? 

I was inspired by the rainbow colours and wooden door.  I grabbed some fun papers with some bright colours and added a doily, a partial quatrefoil die cut, and some seam binding ribbon to get that Shabby Chic feel.  I hope you'll head over to The Card Concept blog and see all the different styles the Design Team has come up with and then join in the fun!  Have a great day!

stamps: Kindness Matters (Verve)

Monday, September 5, 2016

The Flowers in Your Garden

Hello again!  It's my last official day of summer vacation so I've been busy with laundry and a little therapy in the studio :)  It is a cool, rainy day here so breaking out some leaf images and autumn colours wasn't too far of a stretch.  I'm playing along with PTI's Make it Monday challenge.  Okay, off to make my first series of lunches for the new school year...wish me luck for tomorrow :)

Friday, September 2, 2016

Sugar and Spice ~ Viva La Verve

Happy Friday everyone!  Yikes, it's my last Friday before the kids are back in class.  I've been setting up my class this week and I do love the quiet, peaceful, reflective time before we jump in full force for ten months.  Today's card uses the first Viva La Verve sketch for this month.  We are expecting our first great niece in October so I've had to make several different baby girl cards for my sisters to give :)  Head over to the Viva La Verve blog for more inspiration and to see how you could win some yummy Verve!  Have a great weekend!

what's in it?
stamps: So FlutteryTo the Moon (Verve)
ink: hibiscus burst, lovely lady (PTI)
paper: soft stone, vintage white (PTI), Special Delivery (Pebbles)
accessories:   Flutterby Die (Verve), stitched circle die (MFT), scalloped die (PTI), gems and enamel dots (craft supply), stitching   

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Ever Thanks ~ Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge

EEK!!  It's September!!  How did this happen?!  Sorry for all the screaming, but these are the frantic, desperate cries of a teacher a few days before school starts.  However, I was up for today's  Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge because teacher cards are one of my most favourite to make.  This time we’re inspired by this photo…

When our local scrapbook store closed in June (the owner moved out of town), I grabbed all the 12 x 12 sheets of this primary printing paper by Doodlebug Designs.  It will never go out of style and is the perfect background for any teacher card.  I had this apple die cut from a shaker card I made for my BIL's retirement and thought it would be perfect for this challenge.

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


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